Lenox boys fall to Hopkins in Western Mass. D-IV semifinal
AMHERST >> The Western Massachusetts IV semifinal between No. 4 Lenox and top-seeded Hopkins Academy started almost an hour late Monday night at the Curry Hicks Cage.
"I don't think so," said Lenox coach Scott Sibley when asked if he thought the long delay might bother the Millionaires. "We came over a little early, knowing we were going to sit. We were actually looking at the [first] boys game as almost like a JV game, with the same mindset.
"Eight thirty is a late start anyway for us. Between 8:30 and 9:30, we'll deal with it. We're just excited to be here."
For a quarter and a half, the Millionaires looked like they were more than just excited to be there. Lenox led the top-seeded Golden Hawks into the second quarter, but the top seeds got a late wakeup call and ended the half with a 15-0 run en route to a 62-50 win over the fourth-seeded Millionaires.
With the win, the defending Western Massachusetts Division IV champions (22-0) will take on third-seeded Quaboag, 57-53 winners over No. 2 Granby. Quaboag (10-11) is the only sub .500 team that is appearing at the Cage this week.
The Millionaires (12-10) took a 5-2 lead on a 3-point basket by Tyler Shepard with 4:23 left in the first half, and were up 12-11 after one quarter. Lenox extended its lead to 19-15 on a hoop by Thomas Reynolds with 5:00 left. The Millionaires went stone cold after that.
John Earle, who had 10 points in the second quarter for Hopkins, started the 15-0 run with a 3-point shot, and scored all 10 of his points in the second quarter.
During that 14-0 run, the Millionaires had nine possessions, and came up empty on each one. They went 0 for 4 from the floor in the run and committed five turnovers.
Kevin Coakley had six in the first half for Lenox, all of them in the first quarter.
Hopkins led 29-19 at halftime, but Lenox cut into the lead early in the third quarter. Two free throws by Coakley made it 33-25 with 5:32 to play. Hopkins answered with a another big run, this time 12-0 to put the game out of reach. Again, it was a tough stretch for the Millionaires, who went 0 for 3 with three turnovers while the Golden Hawks were putting up a dozen unanswered points.
When Sam'i Roe, the son of former UMass great Lou Rowe, drained a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in the quarter, the Golden Hawks went up 45-25, and the rest of the game was academic.
Roe, whose father sat quietly watching the game in a gym where he first came to fame as a Minuteman, finished up with 19 points while Earle had 15. Four Hopkins player scored in double figures, with Brett Morrison scoring 11 and his brother Jonathan getting 10. The Morrison brothers are the nephews of former Wahconah football coach Matt Morrison and the cousin of Wahconah athlete Cole Morrison.
For Lenox, Colvin finished with 14, while Kevin Coakley had 10.
Hopkins Academy coach Angelo Thomas, who played for a Greenfield team that went 1-1 with Wahconah in Western Mass. Division II title games back in 1993 and 1994, said keeping Colvin under wraps was a key to their win.
"He scored 11 the last time we played them," said Thomas, referring to a 71-54 win at Lenox on Jan. 30. "That was a key."
Colvin 4-2-14, Reynolds 4-0-8, Hurley 1-0-3, Shepard 3-2-8, Parkinson 0-0-0, Abderhalden 0-0-0, Farevaag 0-0-0, Coakley 2-6-10, Ellrodt 0-0-0, Steinman 1-0-3, Hedges 0-0-0, Heppleston 0-0-0, Downer 1-0-3, Crea 0-0-0. Totals 16-10-50.
HOPKINS ACADEMY (62)
S. Butterfield 0-0-0, Ciaglo 0-0-0, Earle 5-2-15, J. Butterfield 0-0-0, Roe 7-4-19, B. Morrison 5-0-11, J. Morrison 5-0-10, Pipczynski 2-2-6, Spanknebel 0-1-1. Totals 24-9-62.
3-point goals — L 7 (Colvin 4, Hurley, Steinman, Downer). H 5 (Earle, Roe, B. Morrison).
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